Whirlwind tour through London

It’s the end of our fifth day in London and I’m late to bed — tomorrow a taxi comes at 3:30 AM to take us to the airport, bound for Istanbul. We’ve spent the past few days seeing as much of the city as we could manage. I wish I could write more now, but what is it they say about the pictures-words exchange rate?

As always, mouse over the photos for my notes. Click to enlarge.

Saturday the 29th: the South Bank

Lisa next to "Look at this"


Thames view


Southbank wall art


Millennium Bridge


Millennium Bridge


Street artist


The Swan at the Globe


Lisa and Erik




Stage at Shakespeare's Globe


View from Millennium Bridge at night


Sunday the 30th: West-Central* and East London

Street view from bus

Hyde Park

Columbia Road Flower Market

Beigel Bake on Brick Lane

Salt beef on bagel

Tango show

Inside the British Museum

Rosetta Stone

Lisa in front of Assyrian reliefs

Buckingham Palace

Today (Monday the 1st): the V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum in South Kensington

View from above, inside the V&A Kensington

palette plate

Ceramic study room

Sketch at the V&A garden

Sketch of the V&A garden

So that’s London in a quick-quick trip. I’m off to pack and finish looking things up for our travel tomorrow. See you in Istanbul!!

*For lack of a better understanding of what to call London’s various neighborhoods, I’ve just lumped the Kensington/Hyde Park/Green Park area together as west-central.


8 responses to “Whirlwind tour through London

  1. Wow! So much to see here, Lisa. No one would know your proportions were off in your sketch if you hadn’t told us. (Even with the heat coming off the trees. 🙂 ) And that’s an interesting wall, but it’s you that
    made that first picture cool. Very cool.

    • Ah, thank you, dear Ré. 🙂 London is a crazy feast of things to see. Even now that we’ve moved on, I find myself wanting to reread old favorite English novels for mentions of street and neighborhood names that now mean something to me! 🙂

    • Thank you, Alan! Yes — my friend said of the British Museum, “It’s worth going to, if only because they just stole from EVERYBODY!” True, and not a nice history, but it does make for magnificent collections. I’m glad admission is free!

      • The Getty Museum out here also has that iffy reputation.

        I remember visiting the V&A museum years ago and being staggered by its endless collections. I believe I was spun around so many times by so many inclinations to go in so many directions that I wound up seeing barely anything!

        Thank you for the tour – it reminds me how much I miss my annual vacations to England!

        • The Getty in LA? I must say I adore that place… though I’ve spent much more time in the gardens and restaurant than in the galleries. ;b

          Annual vacations to England sound pretty marvelous. After this trip I am hoping we will start some kind of annual journey of our own — there is still so much more world to see!

          Agreed on museums being staggering. One great thing about our trip is it is giving me so much experience in museum-going… I think once we get home (wherever we end up making our home), I will get memberships to local museums and just spend time getting to know the collections slowly. That’s something it never occurred to me to do before, but now I think it’s the only real way.

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